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Strangler Fig 2, Big cypress Bend, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Florida- click to see full size image
Another strangler fig vine on the trunk of a cypress tree. The strangler fig appears to be giving the cypress tree a big, unfriendly hug! The strangler fig's life starts when a fig seed falls, or is left by a bird, on the bark of a tree and wedges into place. The seed sprouts, then sends aerial roots out which gather water from both the air and the surface of the tree. Eventually the strangler fig's roots reach the ground level where they root into the ground. While the roots are growing downward the shoots of the strangler fig climb up the tree toward the sun. Photo taken at Big cypress Bend, Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve (just outside of Everglades National Park.)

 


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